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May Meeting – Annual General
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our Annual General Meeting night is on Wednesday May 3rd.

Elections for our new management team will be held at this meeting. Richard will offer his final message and we will hear from each of the management team. Our slideshows from the month of April will be run and then Richard will announce our photographer of the year and conduct the elections.

Remember that all positions are open, we are all volunteers on the board and we all welcome the opportunity for new members to join us and bring their new ideas.  Once the new team has been voted in,  announced and introduced we will have a social evening.

As a BC Society, we are required to review the rules under which we operate (check here). Take this opportunity to meet with the new group and discuss any changes that you think would offer improvements to any aspect of the club’s activities.

June Meeting
Jun 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker for June is member Wayne Buhr. Wayne is an award winning photographer who has traveled the world capturing amazong images.

As he says, “Photography is my passion and language of choice. It allows me to communicate a personal perspective of my life experiences. I have tried to capture the common denominators of humanity and the similarities in the lives of ordinary people. Street photography gives me that opportunity.

Click on the image or this link to visit his website


We will be showing our Favourites from May, our field trip outing and the Four or More in a Row assignment.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee

July Meeting
Jul 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker for July is Jurgen Schwerdt. Jurgen is a macro photographer from Nanaimo.  His topic is “Macro Maniac” and will be very informative for all enthusiasts in the club.

As he says, “Macro photography gives me the ability to photograph at home or away in virtually any light and weather condition. That is one of the reasons it has become my favourite pastime.


We will be showing our Favourites from June, our field trip outing and the Funny assignment.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee

August Meeting
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker for August is former club member and President Randy Hall.  Randy will be talking to us about getting more out of your camera.


Randy is a Vancouver Island photographer, specializing in landscape and nature photography. A past member of the club, he started into a business venture about 5 years ago, taking part in local markets, craft and artisan shows and in 2016, joined TOSH as a resident artist.

Randy’s photography is described as “his interpretation of works of a true master… Mother Nature”. He firmly believes there are several tools involved in digital photography. Postprocessing software is one of those tools. Depending on the raw image and the desired output, its use could be a minor or major component. The camera is considered more important, in that it’s needed to capture the high quality raw material (image) you start with. Most important however, is the person behind the camera and in front of the computer, for imagination and skill.


We will be showing our Favourites from June, our field trip outing and the Lazy Hazy Days assignment.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee

September Meeting
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker this month is member Brad Powell.  Brad has been doing a lot of night photography over the summer and will talk to us about his adventures.  He has some amazing shots and great stories to share.

There have been questions on voting for images and Jack Harynuk will review how that is handled.

We will be showing our Favourites from August, our field trip outing and the Abstract assignment.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee

October Meeting
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our speaker this month is Nanaimo photographer, Judy Hancock-Holland.  Judy has presented to the club previously and we received excellent feedback about her spiritual approach to her photography.  Judy has a new presentation and we are looking forward to her visit.  Visit Judy’s website here.

We will be showing our Favourites from September, our field trip outing and the “Fall is in the Air” assignment.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee

November Meeting
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every photograph tells a story; capturing a moment in time in order to preserve and honour it.  A photograph can be a tangible connection to our past, to our family, and to our own unique experience. Dirk Heydemann, our November speaker, is a successful Nanaimo based photographer who specializes in family and corporate photography.

His talk will be going over his family portrait business, from planning, consolations, shooting and presentations and pricing of the art work that is created. Since he took on this approach to his family portrait sessions, his sales had substantial increases in value.

We will be showing our Favourites from October, our field trip outing to Stamp Falls and the “Anything Orange” assignment.

Bring your loonie for a coffee.

loonie for coffee

December Meeting
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our December meeting will have Olivia Mah from London Drugs in Nanaimo coming to our club and hosting a mini trade show.   We plan to set up four stations for people to visit. One showcasing the Premium Compacts such as the Nikon P1000 and Sony RX100MKVI;  one with long lenses such as the Sigma 150-600mm, Nikon 200-500mm; one with some equipment from Fujifilm and some of the Instax products. Our Photo Lab will also be present showcasing some of the large format and Fine Art products we carry. There will also be a number of different photo accessories to demonstrate as well.

Bring a guest, it’s the time for Christmas shoppers,  You can never have too many gadgets!!!

More details will be added as the club’s management reviews the plans for the evening.

We will be showing our ‘Best of 2018’ images and the results of our field trip, assignment and November favourites.

January Meeting – Slideshow Night
Jan 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

slideshownightSlideshow Night – The new year meeting is going to be quite exciting with slideshows from many of our members.  This past year our members have traveled and will be sharing their memories.  The last slideshow night was a huge success.

So far, we’ve heard from Wayne Buhr (Street Photography), Ed Dunnett (Asia Trip), Jack Harynuk (Swing), Vivienne Bearder (Art in Rome), Rick Horte  and Brad Powell.  It

If you are planning to add a slideshow, please contact Jack Harynuk – technical.opc@gmail.com

You can bring your slideshow to the meeting or send it in using wetransfer.com

To submit a slideshow, you pick the + sign to locate the file, fill in the fields and click Transfer.  It can take up to 10 minutes to send the show, depending on its size and your upload speed to the Internet.

Before the show gets going, we’ll get the club business out of the way, then see the results of the assignment, the field trip and our favourite shots from December.

There will be coffee and tea at $1 but bring your own popcorn!

loonie for coffee

January Field Trip
Jan 12 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am


With the rain still falling we will be doing an inside event for January.   We will be going to the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre which is sure to be a fun time.  There is so much to see here from fossils to history of the Comox Valley and the island.  There are two floors for you to explore and photograph.  I did see several areas where you can also find the collections assignment opportunities.  If you are familiar with Courtenay this is in the old Post Office.

If you would like to car pool please let me know and we can try and help you out.

Lunch will be at the Union Street Grill at noon

477- 5 st  Courtenay (only a few blocks from the museum)